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Many Australians look to emigrate at some point in their lives, and one of the most popular locations chosen is Hong Kong. With over 100,000 Australians living there, Hong Kong has one of the largest Australian communities abroad.¹
If you’re an Australian thinking about moving to Hong Kong, you may be interested in the Australian international schools that will be available for your children.
In this article, we’ll talk you through all the facts, including the education system in Hong Kong, the benefits of enrolling your kids in an Australian international school, and what schools are available for you to consider.
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Life in Hong Kong is a great experience for Australian expats, with English being widely spoken and there being a large expatriate community.
It’s a country that’s proud of its heritage, and there are plenty of things to see and do including a trip on the Star Ferry, exploring Hong Kong Island by tram, as well as hiking around Victoria Peak.
The expat community is known to be welcoming and friendly, and there’s a prominent Australian international school which we’ll tell you about in some more detail shortly.
The education system in Hong Kong is based on that of the British model and consists of primary, secondary, advanced, and undergraduate education.²
Subjects learned include mathematics, music, arts, science, and physical education, plus students are offered regular Chinese and English lessons. Only the first 9 years of the schooling system is compulsory, however, most students complete all 12 years of primary/secondary education.²
The Australian education system is not dissimilar from the process children follow in Hong Kong. In Australia, the education system consists of Early childhood, Primary, Secondary and Higher education, ranging from ages 4 - 18 and above.³
There are also many religious schools in Australia, with an estimated 30% of all Australian schools being linked to a religion. These are predominantly Anglican and Christian.³
Here are some key benefits of enrolling your children in Australian schools in Hong Kong⁴:
- Offers a ‘best of both worlds’ environment
- Home to children from many different nationalities
- Both Australian and Hong Kong curriculums followed
- Generally smaller student numbers of around 1,000 per school
Several curriculums are used by Australian schools in Hong Kong; take a look at the sections below to understand which curriculums are used and for what ages.
For Australian schools in Hong Kong, the Australian curriculum is followed in primary education, and children are offered daily Chinese (Mandarin) lessons alongside their traditional lessons.⁵
Children are educated in classrooms that mirror those of Australia, and learn a range of subjects that children would be likely to learn in Australia from the Australian curriculum including English, mathematics, science, art, music, and drama.⁶
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is followed in Australian schools in Hong Kong to children in secondary education. They also have the choice of the Australian New South Wales Higher School Certificate as they go into senior secondary education.⁷
The IB is globally recognized and provides a range of qualifications in subjects such as English, mathematics, science and technology, social sciences, creative arts and physical education.⁷
Children in secondary education are also generally offered the opportunity to learn both French and Chinese in regular lessons.⁵
Anyone can apply to an Australian school in Hong Kong, with the dominant Australian school in Hong Kong being an international school.
The Australian International School in Hong Kong is home to 1,100 students from over 25 nationalities, making it a school that anyone from around the world can apply to (subject to application requirements).⁵
Hong Kong has one dominant Australian school which is the Australian International School Hong Kong.
Here are some details about this school that you should know if you’re planning on applying on behalf of your children:
|Name of school||Australian International School Hong Kong|
|Location||3A Norfolk Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong|
|Ages catered to||4 years old - end of year 12⁵|
|Curriculum followed||Australian curriculum, New South Wales Higher School Certificate, and International Baccalaureate⁵|
|Average school fees|| |
|Application requirements||The following requirements are required on application⁹: |
|Contact information|| |
As seen on 27 June 2023
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- Hong Kong Brief - Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
- Hong Kong Education System - Scholaro
- Explore: The Australian Education System - FutureLearn
- Homepage - Australian International School Hong Kong
- At a Glance - Australian International School Hong Kong
- Primary - Australian International School Hong Kong
- Secondary - Australian International School Hong Kong
- Tuition and Fees - Australian International School Hong Kong
- Application Information - Australian International School Hong Kong
Sources checked on: 27 June 2023
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